Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

17-2171 Petroleum Engineers

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,510 4.1 % $75.18 $156,370 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $35.71 $49.81 $65.95 $92.20 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $74,270 $103,610 $137,170 $191,780 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,460 6.70 $75.73 $157,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,910 0.25 $92.27 $191,920
Support Activities for Mining 5,120 1.60 $65.58 $136,420
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,480 3.10 $68.72 $142,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,550 0.18 $71.08 $147,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 9,460 6.70 $75.73 $157,520
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 570 5.26 $67.34 $140,060
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 3,480 3.10 $68.72 $142,930
Other Pipeline Transportation 200 2.17 $58.44 $121,550
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 520 1.80 $61.45 $127,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 100 (7) $99.57 $207,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 5,910 0.25 $92.27 $191,920
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,030 0.15 $91.94 $191,230
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 120 0.01 $87.00 $180,960
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 130 0.01 $85.19 $177,200


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 19,260 1.59 7.08 $81.26 $169,010
California 2,290 0.13 0.60 $68.48 $142,430
Oklahoma 1,980 1.24 5.54 $70.67 $146,990
Louisiana 1,440 0.75 3.36 $70.14 $145,880
Colorado 1,240 0.47 2.11 $73.86 $153,640




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 660 2.08 9.25 $77.54 $161,290
Wyoming 460 1.69 7.54 $55.41 $115,250
Texas 19,260 1.59 7.08 $81.26 $169,010
Oklahoma 1,980 1.24 5.54 $70.67 $146,990
Louisiana 1,440 0.75 3.36 $70.14 $145,880




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $95.48 $198,590
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $93.43 $194,340
Texas 19,260 1.59 7.08 $81.26 $169,010
Alaska 660 2.08 9.25 $77.54 $161,290
Colorado 1,240 0.47 2.11 $73.86 $153,640





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,260 3.78 16.81 $84.28 $175,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,320 0.65 2.89 $85.50 $177,830
Midland, TX 1,820 17.95 79.91 $61.31 $127,520
Oklahoma City, OK 1,030 1.66 7.40 $75.83 $157,730
Bakersfield, CA 920 3.01 13.40 $73.59 $153,060
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 910 0.61 2.74 $79.56 $165,490
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 870 1.58 7.02 $69.21 $143,950
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 640 0.64 2.84 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 630 0.10 0.46 $65.25 $135,720
Tulsa, OK 450 1.05 4.67 $69.52 $144,600




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 1,820 17.95 79.91 $61.31 $127,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,260 3.78 16.81 $84.28 $175,300
Bakersfield, CA 920 3.01 13.40 $73.59 $153,060
Casper, WY 100 2.60 11.57 $63.95 $133,030
Odessa, TX 180 2.39 10.66 $70.25 $146,110
Anchorage, AK 330 1.90 8.46 $85.15 $177,120
Victoria, TX 70 1.69 7.53 $55.98 $116,440
Tyler, TX 170 1.69 7.53 $52.15 $108,470
Oklahoma City, OK 1,030 1.66 7.40 $75.83 $157,730
Farmington, NM 80 1.63 7.25 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $91.60 $190,540
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,320 0.65 2.89 $85.50 $177,830
Anchorage, AK 330 1.90 8.46 $85.15 $177,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,260 3.78 16.81 $84.28 $175,300
Lafayette, LA 250 1.26 5.63 $81.56 $169,650
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 910 0.61 2.74 $79.56 $165,490
Austin-Round Rock, TX 350 0.34 1.53 $79.23 $164,790
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (8) (8) (8) $78.92 $164,150
Oklahoma City, OK 1,030 1.66 7.40 $75.83 $157,730
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 140 0.87 3.86 $75.22 $156,450

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 620 3.18 14.14 (8) (8)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 340 1.26 5.62 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 2.74 12.18 $71.56 $148,850
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.96 8.72 $60.35 $125,520
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 2.31 10.31 $53.78 $111,860

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 620 3.18 14.14 (8) (8)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 2.76 12.30 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 2.74 12.18 $71.56 $148,850
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 2.31 10.31 $53.78 $111,860
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.96 8.72 $60.35 $125,520

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 2.74 12.18 $71.56 $148,850
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.06 4.74 $71.04 $147,760
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 90 0.90 4.03 $66.24 $137,780
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 2.05 $61.41 $127,740
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 240 1.96 8.72 $60.35 $125,520


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019